THE HOMELESS

10/23/2019

All large cities are burdened with a growing number of unfortunate citizens, that for multiple reasons are unemployable, hence homeless. These groups tend to concentrate in central urban areas and form tent cities or live in subterranean infrastructures to avoid inclement weather. Their plight is minimally understood and cities do little to alleviate the problem, due to tight budgets that include salaries of a large governing staff. Their population consists of mentally deficient, physically challenged, chemically dependent and former military personnel who are down on their luck. They are unable or unwilling to seek employment in good financial times and their numbers grow in bad times. Religious groups pick up the slack and feed and house such people, at times, but their resources are restricted by the amount of compassion the members can muster. Everyone looks elsewhere for assistance, but laziness and drug dependency turn working and wealthy people off. The trick is to get these homeless people employed and self-sufficient. Being concentrated downtown, a strong employer in this area is government, whether it be local, state or federal. They can create need through laws. Merely forge new laws that only hire the homeless as a prerequisite. This discrimination policy will not produce any objections, in that people who own homes or rent apartments, like their creature comforts. Being homeless is tough work. It requires a strong survival skill and is not a desirable career. The employed homeless can be paid, not with paper money, but rather with food and housing vouchers. The cafeterias in the basements of these buildings could easily feed this group and waste would be non-existent. These magnificent public buildings display open space with rotundas and huge human scale areas that could be filled with scaffolding. The structures could double as work platforms for stone refurbishing and indoor high-rise hammock holders. Tent cities would soon vanish. 

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